Victoria has seen its daily increase in coronavirus cases fall, but there’s been a spike in deaths.
The state recorded 394 new cases overnight and a record 17 deaths.
The latest deaths take the state’s toll to 210 and include two males in their 50s, four males in their 70s, four females and two males in their 80s and two females and three males in their 90s.
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Ten of the 17 deaths are linked to aged care.
“This will be an incredibly difficult time for them and I want them to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers as we continue to do everything we possibly can to deal with this second wave and to get beyond it,” Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday.
There are now 7854 active cases across Victoria with officials unable to trace the source of 2758 of those.
The number of cases involving health care workers has grown to 994, while there are 1748 cases linked to aged care.
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Mr Andrews believes they are starting to see the ‘tail end’ of the stabilisation from Stage 3 restrictions.
“But that’s still got an R rate (reproduction rate) of about one or just under, which means that every person who has it is giving it to at least one other.
“We have to drive that so that every third or fourth person who has it is infecting someone else, and that’s where we’ll see the numbers halve and halve again and become more manageable.
“That will essentially take time.”